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Last updated: Monday, 14 August 2023 | Rāhina, 14 Hereturikōkā, 2023

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Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund Evaluation Report

Te Puni Kōkiri commissioned an independent evaluation of the Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund (MCCF) to better understand how the MCCF helped lift Māori vaccination rates, and how cross-agency collaboration supported whānau wellbeing at home and in their communities.

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Matakaoa ‘Immunity Community’ Wins New Zealand Community of the Year

  • Date: 12 April 2022

The Matakaoa community from the top of Te Tai Rāwhiti have been named this year’s winner of Ngā Pou Whirinaki o te Tau – NZ Community of the Year award.

The award recognises the excellence, innovation and aroha shown by whānau of Matakaoa in facing the dangers of COVID-19.

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$15.7 million allocated in latest Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund tranche

  • Date: 11 February 2022

A further 12 proposals totalling $15.7 million have been approved by Ministers through the Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund (MCCF) to build resilience and continue to support vaccination uptake.

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Preparing for Omicron in Te Tau Ihu (top of the South Island)

  • Date: 22 December 2021

“When Omicron hits, we will need to be ready to support our whānau in the community,” says Dr Lorraine Eade, operations manager at Te Kotahi o Te Tauihu Charitable Trust which covers the Nelson, Marlborough, and Tasman region.

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Locals invited to Haumaru Hard Ōtara Celebration

  • Date: 15 December 2021

A competition launched last month for Ōtara rangatahi is set to showcase the winning slogan, image and waiata this Saturday December 18 in a bid to celebrate local pride and engage taitamariki. The Haumaru Hard Ōtara competition asked for creative expressions of how tikanga Māori connects with vaccination.

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Vax Vegas – It's your choice, coz you're choice!

  • Date: 09 December 2021

Rangatahi insights and knowledge have been key to the success of the Vax Vegas campaign.

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